Society of Authors in Wales

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The SoA in Wales (SoAiW) is a regional group of the Society of Authors, established in 2018 with the intention of representing and supporting Welsh writers at all stages of their career – whether they write in English or Welsh – both professionally and by providing networking opportunities.

It's free to join and Welsh residents are automatically added to the group when joining the SoA. If you're an SoA member and not yet a part of SoAiW, get in touch with the group secretary Jo McCrum (we appreciate some Welsh towns have English postcodes or you may be expatriate) or if you have ideas for an event, want to address an issue, or would like a meeting in your town.

What are the benefits of joining?

Find your community

The SoAiW organises a varied and busy schedule of professional events and socials across the year via a volunteer steering committee and regional hosts. You can keep in touch with authors near you, find out what’s happening in your area and be a part of your local arts community.


Specific Welsh benefits include 20% off a subscription to New Welsh Review as well as 20% off accommodation at The Gladstone Library. Log into the SoA membership 'Benefits' section to gain the codes.

Stay in touch

A Welsh newsletter is automatically sent to subscribers and members can opt to join the private Facebook group where members can share information about their news, publishing matters, events and post queries about their work and publishing practice. We also have a Welsh Twitter list which you can also see on the right. Contact us with your twitter handle to be included.

If you are not currently using Twitter, visit the CWIG website page for the latest updates and join the closed CWIG Facebook group.

Want to join?

If you are thinking of joining the Society of Authors, take advantage of our Welsh offer code – WALES1512 – giving you an extra three months of membership on top of the yearly membership subscription and full access to SoA services and benefits. Croeso!


Upcoming events

Posted: 25 November 2019

SoAiW volunteers host a number of community socials with regular events taking place in Aberystwyth, Cardigan and Monmouth. Please email the group secretary Jo McCrum if you are interested in organising a one-off or regular meet. Here are our upcoming events this quarter:

Monmouth Meet I Friday 7 February I The White Swan Tea-Rooms I 3-5pm

Meets take place every first Friday of the month. Non-SoA member guests welcome. Forthcoming talks include Q&As with agent Broo Doherty on 6 March and Rossiter Books on 5 April. To find out more and to RSVP, contact Margaret Iggulden.

A Book’s Journey: From Pitch to Reader | Aberystwyth | Wednesday 12 February | 2-3.30pm 

Publisher Philip Gwyn Jones (Scribe UK) takes you through the decisions a commercial publisher faces when presented with a manuscript at this free meeting chaired by Professor Matthew Francis. Book here.

Vinegar Valentines | Cardiff | Friday 14 February 2020  | 1-3pm 

Award winning Welsh Poet and performer Rhian Edwards hosts a workshop at the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival looking at how to explore the concept of love, writing character as well as how to make a living as a poet. The event includes a 15 minute reading. Tickets for SoA members at a discounted £10.  Book here.

Aberystwyth Meet | Tuesday 25 February 2020 | Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 5.30pm

Quarterly meet-up in Aberystwyth, arranged on a rolling basis. Meet in the upstairs theatre bar in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Writing or publishing non-SoA member guests welcome. Please RSVP to host Julia Forster.

We are currently still planning the rest of our events schedule, so keep checking!